If you want a destination that offers sun all year round then the Canary Islands are a good option
These islands lie just south-west of the Spanish coast, nestled next to the north-west of Africa and the coast of Morocco. They are a scatter of little isles that make up a range of top spot holiday destinations including Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.
At a glance
- Tenerife will appeal to families looking for adventure
- Gran Canaria has the Wild West Theme park which is great for young thrill seekers
- These islands are hot all year round...
Flight Time: On average - 4 hours
As well as the sandy beaches and a range of things to do, the advantage of these destinations means they stay warm in the winter, making them perfect for a summer or winter sun break.
The wild terrains of these islands make them perfect for Jeep safaris which take you above the mountains – take a cardi it gets chilly even in the summer, while your other half and budding Tiger Woods may enjoy the vast array golf courses on offer.
Tenerife will appeal to families looking for adventure with its waterparks and attractions such as camel and cable car rides, while Gran Canaria has the Wild West Theme park which is great for young thrill seekers. If you’re looking for nature then these destinations are also perfect with four national parks between them.
Passports and Visas
You don’t need a visa to enter or any of these islands, but you’ll have to remember those passports for each member of the family.
Health and safety
Specific vaccines aren't required, however it’s important that your ‘traditional’ immunisations such as diphtheria, tetanus and polio are all up to date.
When to go
These islands are warm all year round making them an ‘all season’ holiday choice. However, it does get very warm in peak summer seasons so bear this in mind. December is the coolest time to go and has the most rainfall, although the average temperature for this month is still 19 degrees Celsius!
Things to do
Diving is a key activity in this part of the world and a must-do for older children. Take a Jeep ride up to the mountains or look for dolphins on a cruise. If you’re in Tenerife then a trip up the volcanic mountain of Teide is a must, just make sure you pick a tour for little legs too.
Diving is a key activity in this part of the world and a must-do for older children. Take a jeep ride up to the mountains or look for dolphins on a cruise. If you’re in Tenerife then a trip up the volcanic mountain of Teide is a must, just make sure you pick a tour for little legs too.
If you’re looking for a family holiday, avoid drinking hotspots such as Playa De Las Americas in Tenerife- the nightlife is great but might not be suitable for younger children. Although you’ll find some traditional cuisine there is also an abundance of British food on menus – great for fussy little eaters.